February 27, 2018 / 9:20 AM / 10 months ago

Poland more open to discuss EU concerns - German EU minister

German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth attends a European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Warsaw has recently indicated a willingness to talk to its European Union partners about concerns over the rule of law in Poland, but it needs to back up words with action, Germany’s EU minister said on Tuesday.

“In recent days I have noticed positive signals of willingness to engage in dialogue,” Germany’s junior minister for European Affairs Michael Roth said on arrival at a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels.

“We hope, as before, that we come to a reasonable settlement but if that’s not the case then we need to discuss further measures as that is the sense and purpose of Article 7,” he said.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek and Philip Blenkinsop

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